Friday, November 18, 2011

Orange Cream Recipe

 6 oranges
1 lemon
7 eggs
4 to 6 oz. of sugar (according to taste)
1 dessertspoonful of cornflour
*some water

Take the juice of the oranges and the juice and grated rind of the lemon. Add enough water to the fruit juice to make 1-1/2 pints of liquid; let this get hot, adding the sugar to it; mix the cornflour smooth with a spoonful of cold water, and thicken the fruit juice with it, letting it boil up for a minute, set aside and let it cool a little; beat the eggs well, and when the liquid has cooled mix them carefully in with it; return the whole over a gentle fire, keep stirring continually until the cream thickens, but take care not to let it boil, as this would curdle it. When cold, serve in custard glasses, or in a glass dish poured over macaroons.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Puppis Vs. Babies - Vote Now!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puppies vs. Babies for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


I personally have had babies and I have one dog who used to be a puppy.  My babies are now 13 and almost 16 and my dog is almost 9.  Although I do not have a puppy photo of my dog Lily (and yes she was cute) I am positive either one of my daughters would have won the cutest competition.  Because in my opinion babies are just so much cuter than puppies.  Yes I know puppies can be very cute....just not as cute as babies.

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the Puppies vs. Babies online contest I recommend that you do.  It is fun, there are lots of pictures and videos,  and you can vote for your favorite puppy or favorite baby.  The winning puppy or baby will receive $5000 which is pretty cool. 

If you haven't casted your vote yet you still have until November 23rd to let your voice be heard on which is cuter;  Puppies vs. Babies.

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Roasted Turkey

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  • 1 14- to 16-lb. turkey, fresh or defrosted
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 11 cups stuffing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water

  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Rinse the turkey with cold water and blot dry, inside and out, with a paper towel. Place the neck, giblets, carrots, celery, and onion in a large roasting pan and arrange the turkey on top, breast-side up.
  2. Loosely pack the stuffing in the neck cavity and inside the body. Fold the wings back and under the body of the turkey. Fold the neck skin under to enclose the stuffing and tie the legs together with butcher's twine.
  3. Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Pour the broth into the roasting pan. Roast for 3 3/4 to 4 1/2 hours, basting frequently and tenting the turkey with aluminum foil two thirds of the way through the cooking process.
  4. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer. The temperature in the thickest part of the thigh should be 180 degrees, in the thickest part of the breast, 170 degrees, and in the stuffing, 160 degrees.
  5. Remove the stuffing and let the turkey sit for 10 minutes before carving.  Serves 10 to 12.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Applesauce Cake Recipe


2 cupfuls flour
1/8 teaspoonful cloves
1 1/2 teaspoonfuls cinnamon
1 teaspoonful nutmeg
1 teaspoonful baking soda
1/4 teaspoonful salt
1 cupful sugar
1 cupful apple sauce (unsweetened)
1/3 cupful fat
1 cupful raisins, cut in halves

Mix the sugar and apple sauce; add the fat. Mix the dry ingredients. Through a sifter, add them to the apple sauce mixture. Flour the raisins and stir them into the batter. Turn into a greased loaf-cake pan or into two layer-cake pans. Bake in a moderate oven (375 degrees F.). If the cake is baked in layers, put Raisin Filling between them, but omit the raisins in the cake batter.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe: Raisin Apple Crisp


3 Apples
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Chopped nuts
1/8 cup Water
3/8 cup Brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon Lemon juice
2 tablespoon Flour
2 tablespoon margarine
1/8 teaspoon Salt

Wash, pare, core and slice apples thinly. Mix with raisins. Place in a greased casserole Add cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and water Work sugar, flour and margarine (fat) together to form crumb like consistency Spread over apple and raisin mixture Bake in 380 degree oven for at least 30 minutes.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe: Spicy Apple Crisp


6 to 8 cooking apples
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 peel of one lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Peel, quarter and core cooking apples. 
  • Cut apple quarters into thin slices and place it in a bowl. 
  • Blend nutmeg and cinnamon then sprinkle over apples. 
  • Sprinkle with lemon rind. Add lemon juice and toss to blend. 
  • Arrange slices in a large baking dish. 
  • Make a mixture of sugar, flour and butter in a mixing bowl then put over apples, smoothing it over. 
  • Place the dish in the oven. If dish is very full, put a pan under the dish to catch spills. 
  • Bake at 370° for 60 minutes, until browned and apples are tender.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Butterscotch Fudge

Butterscotch Fudge

6 Servings

1/4 c Butter
3/4 c Sour Cream
1 c White Sugar
1 t Vanilla
1/4 t Salt
1/2 c Nuts
1 c Brown Sugar
2 T White Syrup

  • Melt butter. 
  • Add brown sugar and heat to boiling. 
  • Add white sugar, sour cream and salt. 
  • Cook to 236 degrees. 
  • Cool. 
  • Add vanilla and nuts then beat until thick.
  • Pour into buttered pan.
  • Let sit until firm then cut and serve

Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

3 c Sugar
1 Pinch of Salt
3/4 c White Corn Syrup
2 c Pecan Halves
1 t Baking Soda
1 c Buttermilk
2 T Butter

  • In a large saucepan, (5 or 6 Quart size) combine sugar, baking soda,salt, buttermilk and corn syrup. 
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. 
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, continue cooking until mixture becomes caramel-colored and reaches soft ball stage (238 degrees). 
  • Remove from heat, add butter and pecan halves. 
  • Beat until thick enough to drop from a spoon onto waxed paper.
  • (If mixture becomes too hard, return to heat and add small amount of water. Stir until smooth.)
  • Yieslds:  44 to 48 Pralines.
linked to: Keeping it Simple

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Yummy Iced Gingerbread Candles

    In the Fall and Winter I like to burn candles a lot and my favorite are those from Celebrating Home.   I had purchased some last year from a Church fundraiser and per usual I used them all up so when I went to a party recently I decided I better get some new ones.

    I purchased 3 by the Iced Gingerbread was a new one that I had never tried and I am in LOVE with it.  It smells like you are baking homemade Gingerbread cookies.  Yum!

    Do you love to burn candles?  What are your favorite fall scents?

    TRESemm'e Fresh Start Dry Shampoo: Enter to Win a $500 Target Gift card

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


    My girls and I actually tried TRESemm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo a few months ago.  I had gotten a great deal on it with coupons and figured it was worth a shot.  I personally have super fine hair and if I don't shampoo every day my hair looks greasy and just gross.

    We found the product easy to use and like other TRESemm'e products it smells so good!  Which makes the dry shampoo perfect for freshening up when you have little to no time.

    Here are some basic instructions on how to use TRESemm'e Fresh Start Dry Shampoo:

    • Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
    • Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots
    • Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head
    • Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)
    • Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
    • Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly
    • If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach.

    TRESemm'e offers a complete line of dry shampoos perfect for those days that you don't have time to shampoo.  The special formula was created to absorb excess oil and odor so that you look and feel fresh & clean.  Their full line includes a Strenghtening Dry Shampoo, Volumizing Dry Shampoo (which is what I have used), a Smoothing Dry Shampoo and a Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo.  There is a formula to fit your needs.

    If you have checked out the video above I highly suggest you do.  Julia Allison shares her first experience with TRESemm'e Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.  She is giving away a $500 Target Gift Card to 1 lucky viewer.

    So how can you enter? 

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    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Baked Plantain Recipes: Baked Plantain on the Shell

    Baked Plantain On The Shell

    4 lg ripe plantains
    1/2 c brown sugar
    3/4 t cinnamon
    1/4 c butter (or margarine),melted

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Wash plantains and cut in half lengthwise. Do not peel.
    3. Arrange in a shallow baking dish with cut sides facing up.
    4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter and stir well.
    5. Top plantains with brown sugar mixture.
    6. Cover pan and bake for 35 minutes or until plantains are soft.

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    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Easy African Dessert Recipes: African Banana Peanut Cake

    African Banana Peanut Cake

    2 c all-purpose flour
    2 t baking powder
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t baking soda
    2/3 c butter (or margarine)-softened
    3/4 c sugar
    2 eggs
    4 lg very ripe bananas--peeled and mashed,about 2- cups
    1 c salted peanuts,coarsely-chopped,divided

    Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cream softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients alternately with mashed bananas just until combined; stir in 1/2 cup chopped peanuts. Scrape butter into well greased 9" 5" loaf pan; sprinkle top evenly with remaining chopped peanuts.

    Bake in 350 degree F. oven 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; turn out of pan and cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil. Cake is best if served next day.

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    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    How to Make French Dressing

    Home Made French Dressing

    1 c oil
    1 c vinegar
    1 t dry mustard
    1 sm onion,chopped finely
    1/2 c ketchup
    1/2 c sugar
    1 t salt (optional)

    Mix all together in a glass quart bottle that has a tight fitting lid. Store in the fridge. Keeps for weeks and weeks!!

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    Linked to: C.R.A.F.T, Keeping it Simple, Chocolate Drool and Kisses

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Cell Phone Service for as Low as $9.99 a Month

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Are you looking for a very inexpensive way to keep up with your kids?  Cell phones can be very expensive and contracts can be a huge pain.  Which is why we prefer to use prepaid cell phones.

    TracFone offers the least expensive way to have a cell phone in America.  There are no hidden fees, no contracts and no surprise bills at the end of the month.  TracFone offers brand name phones from leading manufacturers like Motorola, Kyocera, LG, Nokia and Samsung. Choose from simple "Candy Bar" phones, to Bluetooth®-enabled "Smart" phones.

    There are So many features for TracFone including  phones with camera/video recorder, web access, app capabilities, mp3 player, and full QWERTY keyboard.   They have great nationwide coverage and reception.  Our phone came with "double minutes" for the lifetime of the phone, however you can purchase that for any of their phones for only $19.99.

    Check out what Real TracFone customers have to say about having no contract.  I know that we LOVE having no contracts and no ridiculous bills coming every month.  There is definitely a freedom in always knowing how much you are going to pay for one month of phone service and with TracFone you can get plans as low as $9.99 a month. 

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    Simple Potato Recipes: Herb Roasted New Potatoes

    Herb Roasted New Potatoes

    4 Servings

    20 sm red potatoes (or new-potatoes)
    1/2 c oil,clarified butter, bacon fat (or animal fat)
    1 T rosemary,basil or oregano
    Black pepper

    Heat oven to 400F. Scrub potatoes clean, remove any eyes and cut in
    half. Place potatoes in a baking dish and pour oil or melted fat over
    them, toss to coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turn, bake for 10 minutes,
    sprinkle with herb of your choice, toss to coat and bake for another 10
    minutes. Test with a fork to make sure it glides through. Season with
    salt and pepper to your taste.

    Linked to: My Girlish Whims, Lil' Luna, Type A

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Spicy Chicken Wing Recipe: Firey Hot Chicken Wings

    2 1/2 pounds Chicken wings -- separated
    5 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
    2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon White vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder

    These screaming hot chicken wings are easy to prepare, and can be made hot, hotter and scorching hot by adding more hot sauce. Enjoy these wings with celery sticks and Cool Cucumber Dip to help extinguish any "fires."

    The recipe actually calls for 3 to 5 Tbsp of Louisiana hot sauce. Use your own discretion. Set oven to "broil" and place rack 6" from the element. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine hot sauce, oil, vinegar and garlic
    powder. Place chicken wings on a broiling pan. Using a pastry brush, coat the wings with the sauce mixture. Broil the wings for 7 minutes on one side before turning them over and broiling for another 7 minutes. You can
    also cook these wings over the BBQ. Cook wings for the same amount of time over medium high heat. Be sure to preheat the BBQ and brush the
    grill with oil to prevent sticking. Serves 2 - 4

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    Linked to: It's a Keeper, Thrifty Decorating

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Easy Chocolate Candy Recipes: Coconut Fudge Balls


    2/3 c. evaporated milk
    2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    12 oz. semi sweet chocolate bits
    1 c. chopped nuts
    7 oz. or more coconut

    Mix chocolate bits and milk and microwave until melted (about 3 minutes).
    Stir in sugar, and nuts. Chill 1/2 hour. Roll into balls. Color coconut and roll balls in the coconut.
    For even more fun insert a lollipop stick into each of the balls then return to the fridge to chill for another 1/2 hr.
    Serve and Enjoy!

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    Linked to: House of Hepworths, Yesterday on Tuesday, Thrifty 101

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Spicy Chicken Wing Recipe: Cajun Chicken Wings


    2 1/2 pounds Chicken wings -- separated an
    3/4 cup Plain yogurt
    2/3 cup Louisiana hot sauce.
    2 teaspoons Garlic powder
    1 cup Flour
    1/2 cup Cajun seasoning
    Oil -- for frying

    In a bowl, mix together yogurt, hot sauce and garlic. Add chicken and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. The following day, mix together flour and cajun seasonings in a bowl. Remove chicken from the marinade
    and coat evenly in flour mixture. In a wok or deep fryer, heat oil to 370F. This can be achieved by heating over medium high heat. Use enough oil to cover 4 to 5 chicken wings at a time. Deep fry wings for approximately 8 minutes. Drain on paper towel. Serves 2 to 4

    Linked to: Someday Crafts, Lil Luna, Type A

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Easy Chocolate Candy Recipes: Perfect Peppermint Patties

    Perfect Peppermint Patties

    1 lb. confectioners' sugar
    3 T butter or margarine, softened
    2 to 3 tsp. peppermint extract
    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/4 C evaporated milk
    2 Cm(12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
    2 T shortening

    Makes about 5 dozen

    In a bowl, combine first four ingredients. Add milk and mix well. Roll into 1-in balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for 20 minutes. Flatten with a glass to 1/4". Chill for 30 minutes. In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Dip patties and place on waxed paper to harden.

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    Linked to: Just a Girl, Sugar and Dots, My Girlish Whims

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Simple Low Carb Recipes: Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon & Pine Nuts

    Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon & Pine Nuts

    2 tablespoons olive oil 4 slices bacon – cut into ½” pieces
    2 tablespoons pine nuts
    2 cloves garlic – small, minced1 pound spinach leaves – trimmed
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

    How to Prepare:
    Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a heavy skillet over med-hi heat until hot but not smoking. Add the bacon and sautee, stirring occassionally, for 4 minutes, or until browned. Turn heat to Med., add the pine nuts, and cook for 1 min., stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the spinach, vinegar and remaining Tbsp of oil, cook tossing gently for 15 seconds, or until the spinach is warm and a bit wilted. Transfer to serving plates, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve immediately. The texture of the pine nuts mellows the saltiness of the bacon and the tanginess of the vinegar.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Chocolate Truffle Recipes: Mocha Truffles

    Mocha Truffles

    2 packages (12 oz each) Semisweet chocolate chips
    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    3 T instant coffee granules
    2 tsp. water
    1 lb. good dark
    chocolate cocoa confectionery coating
    white confectionery coating, optional

    Makes about 5 1/2 dozen

    In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Add cream cheese, coffee and water; mix well. chill until firm enough to shape. shape into 1" balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for 1-2 hours or until firm. Melt chocolate coating in microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. If desired, melt white coating and drizzle over truffles

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    Linked to: Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Tidy Mom, While he was Napping

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Simple Low Carb Recipes: Hot Chinese Chicken Salad

    Hot Chinese Chicken Salad

    For two large salads: 2 chicken breast – cooked with desired seasoning
    2 large bowls of lettuce
    Crumbled bacon 
    Hot peppers
    Slivered almonds
    Desired shredded cheese

    ½ cup oil
    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    1 TB soy sauce (low sodium)
    2 packets Equal – Splenda
    1 Dash ginger
    1 Dash pepper
    1 Dash garlic salt

    How to Prepare:
    Bring ingredients of dressing to a boil in a pan and stir with wisk. Once all
    ingredients are well-blended, pour over salads.

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    Linked to: Chic on a Shoestring, House of Hepworths, It's a Keeper

    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Ditch the Contract and Save

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


    We it comes to saving money I try and look at the big picture.  I have done everything from go through my bills to see what we are over paying to even seeing what things we can drop that we don't really need.  A little more than a year ago we dropped satellite and we haven't looked back.  Saving that money every single month is definitely worth it.  Something else we did about a year and a half ago was get rid of cell phone contracts. 

    Have a landline phone just doesn't make sense for our family.  Cell phones are how we manage to keep up with each other and our children even when traveling.  So when we started looking for cell phones with no contracts we ended up choosing TracFone for our youngest daughter.

    TracFone has no contracts, no credit checks, no activation charges or cancelation fees.  The have great nationwide coverage and  so many features.  “Double minutes for the life of your phone” is a feature that can be purchased separately for only$19.99, but some phones include it! (Ours did) Choose from monthly plans with 200 minutes for under $30.00, and as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes.  For more details check out what real TracFone customers.

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    Friday, August 19, 2011

    How to Relieve PMS: Soothing PMS Bath Oil

    Soothing PMS Bath Oil


    1/8 cup of sweet almond oil
    1/8 cup of grape seed
    3 drops of clary sage oil
    3 drops of lavender oil
    2 drops of rose absolute oil
    2 drops of juniper oil

    Mix all of the oils together and bottle until ready for use. To use add the oils to your warm running bath water and mix well. Relax and soak yourself while the oils do the work. If you are also bloated up in the stomach, you can use a few drops of the oils to rub gently and directly onto the area.

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    Linked to: Sweet Peas & Bumblebees, We are that Family, Type A Decorating

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    How to Make Homemade Shampoo: Removes Impurities from Hair

    Homemade Shampoo -Removes Impurities from Hair

    3/4 cup distilled water
    1/4 cup shampoo concentrate (or substitute with 1/2 cup unscented shampoo
    and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
    1/2 tsp. table salt
    1 tbs. dried thyme
    1 tbs. dried peppermint
    1 tbs. dried lavender
    1 tsp. witch hazel
    1 tsp. almond oil
    7 drops cinnamon oil
    3 drops ylang-ylang oil

    This shampoo is known to be effective in removing impurities such as smog and city grime from the hair.
    In a heavy saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the dried thyme, peppermint and lavender. Remove the pan from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs from the water and pour the herbally infused water into a ceramic bowl. Add the shampoo concentrate and stir until well mixed. Add the salt, witch hazel, almond oil, cinnamon oil and ylang-ylang oil to the mixture, stirring until thick. Bottle and close.

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    Linked to: Lil Luna, We are that Family, Someday Crafts

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    How Do You Save on Back to School Clothing?

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bealls for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Back to School clothes shopping doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.  The number one factor that helps us to keep our budget in tact is to never pay full price.  Here our some of our money saving tips when it comes to back to school clothes.

    1. Check out many stores!  We make it a point to check out tons of stores and see what kind of prices we can get on the styles my girls want.
    2. Always check the clearance or mark down section.  My girls know the first thing to do is to check the store for clearance or mark downs.  We often find unbelievable deals this way.
    3. Keep an eye out for store coupons.  Before we head out to shop I always check online to see if the stores we are visiting have any coupons available.
    4. Shop online!  Shopping online is something we do occasionally and can definitely save money.  It keeps you from driving all over the place to many stores and your package are delivered right to your door step.
    5. When shopping online make sure to search out promotional discount codes and/or free shipping. 

    Bealls has a huge selection of clothing for babies to adults.  Many of there items are at discounted prices and they offer free shipping on orders over $50.  Plus check out their coupons and offers page to see if you can get an even bigger discount.

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    Easy Sandwich Recipes: Chef Salad Sandwich


    4 slices fresh dark rye bread
    2 tsp. butter
    Iceberg or leaf lettuce
    1/2 c. Thousand Island dressing
    1 (3 oz.) pkgs. water-sliced cooked
    1 (3 oz.) pkg. water-sliced smoked
    4 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
    2 hard cooked eggs
    8 black olives, pitted
    8 red cherry tomatoes
    4 sweet gherkins
    6 slices crisp, cooked bacon
    4 slices dark rye bread, toasted,

    1. Butter the untoasted bread. Place it on each of four serving plates.
    2. Top each slice with lettuce.
    3. Spread 2 tablespoons of dressing over lettuce.
    4. Divide the ham and turkey into four portions each. Arrange on top of each
    serving. Top with cheese, cut into julienne sticks.
    5. Arrange on each sandwich 2 quarters of hard cooked eggs, 2 black olives, 2
    red cherry tomtoes, halved, and 1 sweet gherkin, halved.
    6. Top with bacon. Add more dressing or pass dressing in a small bowl.
    7. Surround with toasted rye bread, cut into quarters. 4 servings.

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    Linked to: Sugar and Dots, My Girlish Whims, Someday Crafts

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Recipes with Graham Crackers: Easy Banana S'mores for Kids

    Here is another super easy recipe for kids (and adults too).  I love S'mores but I am also a fan of Banana S'mores!

    Easy Banana S'mores For Kids

    2 Bananas; sliced
    2 Flat chocolate bars
    2 Small jars marshmallow fluff
    Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams

    Put 2 bananas slices on a graham cracker, add a square of chocolate and a
    large spoonful of marshmallow fluff. Put another graham cracker on top and
    squish together.

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    Linked to: Lil Luna, Chic on a Shoestring Design

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Homemade Strawberry Sorbet: Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet

    Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet

    2 pk Unflavored gelatin
    1 c Sugar
    3 c Water
    1 qt Pureed strawberries about 3 pints fresh
    1 c Cranberry juice cocktail
    1/4 c Fresh squeezed lemon juice

    Combine gelatin and sugar in a medium saucepan; stir in water. Let stand 2 minutes. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat; cool. Stir in strawberry puree and remaining ingredients. Pour into a 13x9 pan. Cover and freeze 8 hours or overnight. Spoon about 1/4 of frozen mixture into the container of a blender or food processor. Top with lid and process until smooth. Return to pan. Repeat until all the mixture has been processed. Return pan to freezer and freeze for 4 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature 15-20 minutes before serving.

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    Linked to: Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, It's a Hodge Podge Life

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Recipes with Graham Crackers: A Super Easy "Cookie"

    This is definitely one of those super easy recipes that you can get the kids involved it.  With only 4 ingredients you can get a sweet fix in only a few short minutes.

    Graham crackers
    Pecan halves
    1/2 c Sugar
    2 Sticks butter

    Melt butter and sugar. Bring to a boil. Boil for two minutes ONLY. Place graham crackers on foil lined sheet. Place nuts on cracker center. Spoon butter and sugar mix over graham crackers. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes on top rack. Cool completely before breaking apart.

    Linked to: House of Hepworths, Paisley Passions

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Easy Beef Tacos Recipe

    Beef Tacos

    1 pound Ground beef
    1 each Chopped onion
    Salt to taste
    1 each Clove garlic (optional)
    1 package Taco shells
    1 cup Green chili or taco sauce

    Saute' the beef and onion until brown. Salt to taste. Add garlic if desired. Place a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture in each shell and stuff with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Serve with the chili or taco sauce and top with sour cream or guacamole for an added treat.

    Sunday, July 31, 2011

    Save Big with Straight Talk

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Straight Talk has really saved our budget.  3 out of 4 of us in our house use a Straight Talk phone.  We were being eaten alive by our contract with another company and when we started get recommendations to try Straight Talk we figured we had nothing to lose.  Straight Talk really has everything you need in a phone.

    The monthly plans are very straight forward.

    • The “All You Need Plan” meets even the needs of heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data.  The All You Need plan is our favorite.  Trust me when I save 1000 minutes of talk is a lot.  I have only ever gone over the talk once.

    • Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web. The unlimited is great if you have a teen that is really text happy.  We have purchased the unlimited several times but found we do just fine with the All You Need Plan.

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    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Pinto Bean Recipes: Bean and Garlic Dip

    Bean and Garlic Dip

    2 cups Pinto Beans -- *
    1/4 cup Mayonnaise Or Salad Dressing
    1 each Clove Garlic -- Finely Chopped
    1 1/2 teaspoons Red Chiles -- Ground
    1/4 teaspoon Salt
    Pepper -- Dash of

    * Pinto beans can be home cooked or canned.
    Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
    Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 2 cups of dip.

    Linked to: Tatertots and Jello

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Simple Avocado Recipes: Avocado and Raisin Dip

    2 each Avocados -- Peeled & Chopped
    1/2 cup Raisins
    1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
    1/4 cup Lime Juice
    1 teaspoon Sugar
    1 teaspoon Salt
    1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

    • Place all ingredients in blender container. 
    • Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, about 45 seconds.
    • Serve with raw vegetables, assorted crackers or fried tortillas.
    • Makes 1 2/3 cups of dip.

    Linked to: It's a Keeper, House of Hepworths

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    We Save Big with a TracFone

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Let me pose a question.  How many of you still have a contract for your cell phone?

    Thankfully we don't!  We ditched the contracts and went for Prepaid.  My youngest daughter has a different phone than the rest of us.  For her we were simply looking for something reliable she could use to contact us when she is gone.  She has a TracFone. 

    If you have never heard of TracFone you can check out what real TracFone customers think about their service.

    For my daughters TracFone we got the "Double the Minutes" option which gives you even more bang for your buck.

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    We have been very pleased with her TracFone.  The cost is so minimal and because she has it we are able to stay in contact with her.  Oh and if you think TracFone doesn't offer and "cool" phones  they offer brands such as Motorola, Kyocera, LG, Nokia and Samsung.

    For more information on TracFone, see what real TracFone customers think!

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    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Easy Acapulco Chicken Recipe


    2 cups Unsalted chicken broth -- defatted
    1 tablespoon Olive oil
    2 teaspoons Ground cumin
    2 tablespoons Pickling spice
    1/2 Red bell pepper -- sliced
    1 pound Boneless chicken breast -- halves
    1/2 Yellow bell pepper -- sliced
    2 tablespoons Minced jalapeno chili with -- seeds
    1 Onion, halved -- thinly sliced
    1/3 cup Rice wine vinegar
    1/4 cup Fresh cilantro leaves
    3 large Garlic cloves -- minced
    baked (no oil) tortilla chips

    Boil broth and pickling spice in heavy large saucepan ten minutes.
    Strain and return liquid to saucepan.
    Add chicken, onion, vinegar,garlic, oil and cumin to pan.
    Simmer over very low heat until chicken is just cooked through, about ten minutes.
    Transfer chicken and onions to shallow dish.
    Top with bell peppers and minced chilli.
    Boil cooking liquid until reduced to 2/3 c, about ten minutes.
    Pour liquid over chicken and let cool 30 minutes.
    Add cilantro to chicken mixture.
    Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, turning chicken occasionally, about 4 hours (can be prepared one day ahead).
    Slice chicken and serve over a tortilla topped with veggies, sour cream etc.
    Makes 6 servings

    Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, C.R.A.F.T

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Pork Tenderloin Grill Recipes: Butterflied Pork Loin on the Grill

    Butterflied Pork Loin On The Grill

    Yield: 8 Servings

    1 4lb boneless pork loin roast
    2 onions,finely chopped
    1 T fresh thyme leaves
    1/2 t allspice,Ground
    1/4 t nutmeg,Ground
    1/4 t cinnamon,Ground
    1 T sugar
    2 T hot pepper sauce
    1/2 c soy sauce
    2 T vegetable oil

    Trim any excess fat from the pork roast. Butterfly the roast by cutting horizontally through the center. The meat should lie flat. Place the pork in a flat dish. Combine the remaining ingredients to make a jerk paste. Spread the paste over the pork loin, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Prepare a fire on the grill. When the coals have burned down and are medium hot, to catch the drippings. The roast should cook over medium coals for approximately 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 150 to 160 degrees. Cut the pork loin in half lengthwise and carve in thin slices.

    Linked to: Key Lime

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Saving with Zenni Optical

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Have you ever had the joy of purchasing eye glasses before?  I have, more times that I can count.  I started wearing glasses when I was 6 years old and although all my childhood glasses were purchased by my mom, all my adult hood glasses have been purchased by me.  Sadly my husbands insurance does not cover me in the vision department, except for the exam. 

    What costs more than purchasing glasses for one person..... purchasing them for 3 people.  Yes 3 out of the 4 people in our little family wear glasses.  My husband is fully insured on his vision care but that leaves me and my daughter.  So how can we spend less on glasses?  Shopping online through Zenni Optical.

    Zenni Optical offers glasses as low as $6.95,  believe or not the ones pictured above are a pair of their $6.95 glasses.  They are very similar to what my daughter is wearing now except hers are purple. 

    What do you get for $6.95?

    • anti scratch coating
    • 1.50 or Thin and Light 1.57 Index Single Vision Lens
    • Full UV protection
    • Protective Case
    • Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
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    Clearly I could save a lot of money using Zenni Optical!

    Zenni Optical was recently mentioned in an article in Time magazine.  In a previous issue of Time ["Eyes on the Price", July 4, 2011] it was discussed that a Time editor, Bill Saporito, paid $1,000 for a pair of eyeglasses.  A commenter let Mr Saporito know that he should have shopped at Zenni Optical!

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    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Honey Of A Peach Smoothie

    1 1/4 cups plain low fat yogurt
    1 pound ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/4 cups honey
    1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Divide 1 cup yogurt among 8 sections of ice cube tray. Freeze until yogurt cubes are solid, at least 4 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead, keep frozen. ) puree peaches with lemon juice in processor or blender. Add remaining 1/4 cups yogurt, honey and vanilla. Process until mixture is well blended. Add frozen yogurt cubes and process until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into chilled tall glasses and serve. 2 servings.

    Linked to:  Yesterday on Tuesday , Sew Chatty

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Cranberry Lip Gloss Recipe

    Cranberry Lip Gloss

    • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
    • 10 fresh cranberries
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 drop of vitamin E oil

    How To:
    Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop). Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit
    pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely. When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin.

    Linked to:  Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Cinnamon Honey Chicken Wings Recipe

    2 1/2 pounds Chicken wings
    4 each Garlic cloves, chopped
    1/4 cup Olive oil
    2 tablespoons Soy sauce
    1/4 cup Vinegar, rice
    1/4 cup Honey, mild
    1−1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon, ground
    1 teaspoon Thyme
    1/2 teaspoon Ginger, ground
    1/2 teaspoon Mustard, dry
    1 cup Apple Wood Chips

    Mix all ingredients (except chips) in a plastic bag then knead occasionally for 2 hours. Soak wood chips in water for 30 minutes. Prepare fire in grill. Add chips to hot coals. Cook wings on the grill for about 10 minutes on one side, then turn and baste with the marinade. Continue cooking 10 minutes or until done. Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.

    Linked to:  Gluesticks

    Crawfish Pie Recipe


    Salt and red pepper to taste 1 clove garlic, mashed
    Pinch thyme 1/3 cup tomato sauce mixed with 1/3 cup water
    Pinch nutmeg 1 tablespoon green onion
    4 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoons parsley
    Pie dough enough for 4 individual pies (or 2 large)
    1 - 1/2 cups crawfish tails; crawfish fat and water to make 2 cups
    3 tablespoons cooking oil 1 medium onion, chopped fine
    2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup chopped celery


    Cook onion, celery, and garlic in cooking oil, stirring until tender. Dish out half the cooked mixture.To the mixture, add tomato sauce, water, and crawfish fat, cook over medium heat and when it boils, slowly add cornstarch and water stirring until sauce thickens, season with nutmeg, thyme, red pepper and salt to taste; set aside.

    To the remaining cooked onion mixture in a saucepan add crawfish tails, butter, cook 2 to 3 minutes. Combine sauce, crawfish, green onion and parsley. Cook, then pour into 4 pastry lined pie plates, equally divided. Wet edges of under crust, cover with uppercrust. Press edges together; prick with a fork.

    Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven 5 minutes; reduce heat to 400 degrees and bake about 15 minutes longer.

    Linked to: Thrifty 101

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Have You Tried Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness Products

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


    I am not what you would call a brand loyal person.  If a product works and the quality it good that is truly all that matters to me.  Which is why I am always willing to try out store brand products.

    Over the last 3 years that I have been couponing I have tried out many store brand products when something I needed wasn't on sale or I didn't have a coupon.  I have tried out several Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products over the last 3 years and have always been pleased. 

    The most recent product I purchased was the Walgreens Brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever.  The Walgreens Brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever is only $6.99 for a 100 count bottle compared to the Tylenol which runs around $13 for a 100 count bottle.  That is a huge difference just in the cost.  However since I am a savvy Walgreens shopper I had Register Rewards to help pay for my purchase.  This was my first time in purchasing the Walgreens Brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever and I was extremely pleased with it.  The box says it is fast release and that is exactly true.  I thought that the products quick pain relieving abilities were comparable to that of Tylenol and way more affordable.

    Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness Products are a great value for the money.  In hard economic times they allow families to save on the products they need without having to sacrifice quality.  Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness Products are Walgreens Pharmacist recommended and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Also by purchasing Walgreens Brand Health and wellness products you are helping to contribute to the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™

    So have you tried any Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness Products?  What was your experience?

    Right now several bloggers are having are giving away Walgreens gift cards.  Be sure to go enter their giveaways.


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    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    Beer Barbecue Sauce Recipe

    Beer Barbecue Sauce

    1 cup Prepared barbecue sauce
    1 cup Ketchup
    2/3 cup Beer
    1/4 cup Honey or Molasses
    2 tablespoons Lemon juice
    2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon Hot pepper sauce
    1/2 teaspoon Pepper
    2 Garlic cloves, minced
    2 Onions, finely chopped

    In large bowl, combine barbecue sauce, ketchup, beer, honey, lemon juice,
    vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, pepper, garlic
    and onions. Place food in marinade and let stand at room tepmerature for
    up to 2 hours or in refrigerator overnight. When ready to cook, remove food
    and place marinade in saucepan and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.
    Use as sauce for basting or serving with cooked food

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Ham and Macaroni Salad

    1 cup packaged dried wagon wheel or elbow macaroni
    1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (8 ounces)
    4 ounces Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, cut into cubes (1 cup)
    1 cup frozen peas
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
    1/4 cup finely chopped onion
    2 tablespoons diced pimiento
    1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
    1/4 cup sweet pickle relish or chopped sweet pickle
    1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)
    Dash pepper
    8 cherry tomatoes, halved
    Fresh parsley sprig (optional)

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain again.
    In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, ham, cheese, peas, celery, onion, and pimiento. Toss gently to mix.
    For dressing, in a small mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise or salad dressing, pickle relish or
    chopped pickle, milk, and pepper. Pour dressing over pasta mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
    Just before serving, stir in milk, if necessary. Spoon pasta mixture into a serving bowl.
    Arrange cherry tomato halves around the edge of bowl. If desired, garnish with parsley. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

    Red, White and Blue Pie: Perfect for 4th of July

    1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup shortening
    4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
    1 6-ounce package (1 cup) semisweet chocolate pieces
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
    2 tablespoons orange liqueur
    1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
    1 quart whole strawberries, rinsed and stems removed
    1 cup mixed berries, such as blueberries and raspberries
    2 tablespoons red currant jelly
    1/2 cup whipping cream
    2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
    1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel


    1. For the pastry, stir together all-purpose flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening
    until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of mixture; gently toss with a
    fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until
    flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12-inch
    circle. Ease dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim to 1/2-inch beyond edge of plate. Fold under extra
    dough. Crimp edge. Prick bottom and sides of pastry. Line with a double thickness of foil. Bake in
    a 450 degree F oven 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Set aside.

    2. In a saucepan combine chocolate and butter. Heat and stir over
    medium-low heat until melted. Add cream cheese and liqueur. Heat and
    stir until combined. Remove from heat. Stir in the 1/4 cup powdered
    sugar. Spread in baked pastry shell.

    3. Arrange strawberries and mixed berries on filling, placing strawberries stem ends down. Melt
    jelly; brush over berries. Cover; chill for 4 hours.

    4. To Serve: Let pie stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat whipping cream with the 2
    tablespoons powdered sugar and the orange peel until soft peaks form. Spoon or pipe whipped
    cream into center of pie. Makes 12 servings.